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Blink Photography AKA Melissa Reina Photography AKA MRP Photography in Miami, Florida

Instagram: http://instagram.com/blink_photography_miami

Instagram2: http://instagram.com/melissareina_photography

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blink-photograpy/643430482381345

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Thepaleodivas

Typically I prefer to have some kind of URL or website for any fauxtographers that I out but I decided to go with this one since it seems that she’s getting a decent amount of bites out of her instagram only portfolio.  There are so many different names for this business that it makes me wonder if she’s been caught before.

Also, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my listing of “unknown original source” due to a posting on slash dot.  When I list a source with “unknown original source” it means that while I am fairly certain the original source isn’t the listed photographer, it’s impossible to determine who the original source is because it’s everywhere on the internet and/or I don’t have the time to dig through hundreds of pins to find out.  I do not list images that belong to the photographer here.

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  • CrackerJacker

    Looks like everything is pulled already! They’re getting faster 🙂

    • CrackerJacker

      Oops, I take it back — they’re still on the second link (melissareina_photography) but several screen-loads down.

      • Both intsagram accounts are blank now.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Normal behavior … They always make thier Instagram accounts private after the fact. At times leaving the images there.

  • Joseph Philbert

    How can you run a photography business on Instagram only??

    • CrackerJacker

      I’d bet she does email blasts of those “fliers” and/or there’s a FB page or some community forum that has not been found.

      • Joseph Philbert
      • Photo Stealers

        She seems to run a fairly popular page called “The Paleo Divas” and I am seeing some cross promoting.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Yep I am finding it … With that info we can find her personal account

        • Joseph Philbert

          It’s her I saw comments from her clients saying “thedivaplanos” that you … She said yes and to hit up my photography page

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  • Michael Goolsby

    They are particularly scummy to me when photos of children are involved. As the parent of that child, I would be absolutely livid for some dirtbag photographer I’ve never met to be using photos of my child that I paid someone else to take. These parents need to know.

  • Joseph Philbert
  • Inquisitor_Cortez

    Wow…what is it about Florida and shady photographers??

    • Steve O’Donnell

      Hey hey hey…..not all of us in Florida steal photos. Only about 60% of the fauxtogs here steal. Some of us actually built our business on our own work over the years. LOL!

      • Joel A

        YEAH exactly! I still say all the fauxtogs come here from Georgia!

    • BullShite

      Florida has it’s on tag on Fark.com, that should be a clue. 😉

  • Michael Goolsby

    She pulled things down pretty quickly. My guess is that it was just another MWAC who thought she was too far off the radar to operate legitimately. I’m just curious, though, how these people deal with the ones close around them. I mean, you’ve got an online presence showing that you are in business, and you’ve got these beautiful pictures. Doesn’t a spouse or a daughter say “Wow! When did you become such an amazing photographer without us noticing, and when did you take all these incredible pictures of other people?” (Having said that, I can at least from memory recall that many of these WMACs seem to be single or divorced, and that when there is a partner, the partner in life seems also to be a partner in crime.)

    • Rick New

      Excellent points. Common question. Who is that a picture of? curious what her answers are.
      Another red flag I always consider is FB page only with no website. although we’ve seen plenty fakes with websites.

    • BullShite

      I’ve always thought the same thing. I know damn well I would be questioning any friend or relation I had who all of the sudden became this amazing photographer over night, and damn sure as hell wouldn’t let a spouse steal….. if you don’t have a legitimate LLC and you get sued, the person suing you can go after YOUR personal assets as well as your spouses last time I checked.

      • Justin Case

        It’s not just a question of QUALITY (which can be subjective and occasionally comes down to luck for new photographer) it’s more a question of QUANTITY (which can usually be proven objectively, by asking how long they’ve been in business, how many weddings do they shoot a month, etc). No one, no matter how talented or lucky has as many award-winning images as most of the photo stealers here after just one or two (or one or two DOZEN) weddings.

        Do the math: If you know the photographer and you know they’ve only been at it long enough to do six weddings (a very good first year) and there are 12 different bridesmaids dresses or 18 cakes in their portfolio, well…. it usually adds up to fraud.

        • BullShite

          Very true!

  • Joseph Philbert

    Twitter blocked 🙁

  • BullShite

    The image on her facebook cover was taken from a european (greek?) pediatric dental something too.
    http://www.activekids.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=715:advice-mouth-hygiene-summer&catid=98:health-pediatric-dentist&Itemid=258

  • wow, after Brett Baughman and Jizelle, this is such a boring entry haha. Melissa Reina ought to be thanking her lucky stars..uh, I mean “Rock Stars” Jizelle and Brett Baughman!

    • Justin Case

      I thought the same thing! She’s totally fly-by-night, and this one shut down right away. Smart move.

      BJ photography just won’t give it up though. I think he’s off on some course searching for a way to ‘turn bad SEO in your favor!’ (note to self: excellent business opportunity, could be sold to photo stealers everywhere…)

      • C Sab

        He’ll fail eventually, they all do.

    • BullShite

      I could see this one popping up again once some time has gone by. It appears her other businesses are at best sketchy in their service. People like that tend to set up a million different businesses and hopefully they get enough bites from them all to make some sort of living. It’s a shame that photography is so easy to fake with theft, considering what goes into being legitimate at it.

  • What I think we ought to do before scamming them is Cory Ann ought to let a few Elite members of PS know that she’s about to post a new entry. Then her crack team can start calling up said fauxtographers and setting up shoots and sessions.. and then not showing up. Teach them to fuck with people. THEN we out them and crush them here.
    Yeah, I’m mean, but I’m f’ing tired of it!

    • Joseph Philbert

      That is just cruel LOL… but it can be fun to record the conversation and ask them about the images they posted online (still acting like a client) and record them lying. Now that I would do.

      • I’m just so bothered (and tired) by all this that I really want to start hammering people. Hopefully the word will keep spreading on how damaging it can all be.
        I think I’m going to start actively seeking out these douches and mess with them a bit BEFORE reporting them to PS (so as to keep PS’s hands clean!) 😉
        Now, where’s all that extra time I’d need to do this?

        • C Sab

          I’m in for really sticking it to them.

  • Justin Case

    what I just don’t get is why anyone would set up any kind of business – shady or not – on a personal page or use their home address or phone number? It scares me to go to this woman’s twitter account and find videos of her kids (and others) who are now connected to her poor business ethics.

    Seriously, how clueless are people to this whole internet/social media thing?

    • C Sab

      Apparently very clueless.

    • BullShite

      The worst part too, is that the KIDS can easily look her up, or any of her shady business practices and find out their Mother is a scam artist and a liar. I know I would be pretty devastated to find out my parents were thieves and liars. There is NO WAY these kids don’t have some sort of access to the internet. Doesn’t she claim to be religious too??

      • Joseph Philbert

        They only think about them selfs and under estate or are naive of the consequences. Hell even some think it’s not a big deal

  • Renato Lucena

    What scares me is that most, is that the pictures that these people take for real, without stealing, are so bad that shows a laziness to even try to learn FOR FREE in the internet, how to take a DECENT picture. Let alone how to take great ones…

  • Tia

    This photographer just requested me as a friend on facebook (personal) I dont know her at all but we’re in the same city. Denied!!! Whats crazy is that the first thing that comes up is this page when I googled her. Thank god.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      That’s great to hear!

    • Lindsay11

      You should have accepted her and checked her photos to see if she’s still stealing! 😉

      From the comments here it looks like this stealer took down their instagram at one point? It’s definitely back up but I haven’t checked for stolen images yet. Their facebook listed here is nothing.

      • BullShite

        Well the only photos she has up that I can see are point-and-shoot quality family stuff, and a set of some model who’s features she’s blurred and washed out so much it looks like you are viewing her through a haze or something. They might have been decent shots if not for the awful…. whatever setting it was she used in photoshop. Probably the “completely overdo original intent” setting.

        http://instagram.com/p/phPzMmxxtf/?modal=true

        • U Really That Dumb?

          It’s a preset/action called: Oh shit, I missed focus so let’s see what ‘creative’ things I can do to cover it up!

          • Lindsay11

            Now that you mention it, it looks like the logo on the bike is the main focus.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Yeah! You are learning!
            Some day we will make you a photographer!

          • Lindsay11

            WOOHOO! I’m gonna go make my facebook, instagram and wix pages right now!